Big ideas for pubs and bars

Big drinker, big ideas

As a big drinker I was full of ideas. Big ones. They would change the world. If only I could have remembered them in the morning. Mind you, the few I could recollect were often, well, shit on second reading!

So our co-design workshop last Saturday was like a light bulb moment. Club Soda members came up with good ideas – and they stayed good.

But what were we doing? You often tell us that one of the biggest barriers to cutting down or quitting is the poor choice of drinks when you are out with mates. We take this problem seriously at Club Soda, and so as well as building a better list of drink options for you, we are also looking at what pubs could do. So we are trying out some ideas developed by you in Hackney.

Pubs and bars workshop

Last Saturday was about working together to find some ideas to test in the field. From walking through a typical night out (and the various pressure points we encounter in a bar) through to brainstorming and challenging each other about possible solutions – the group of 20-odd members worked hard (fuelled by chips and Square Root Soda). From reward schemes, VIP treatment, to drink ingredient apps, we have lots of possible ideas to work with.

We will be doing the same process with pubs and bars in a few weeks. And we will keep you posted on our progress here on the blog!

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